The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago hosted the 12th Regional JODI Training Workshop in Port of Spain from 20-22 October 2015. The workshop was organised by the IEF Secretariat and run in cooperation with several of its JODI partners (APEC, GECF, IEA, OLADE). Financial support was granted by the GECF and OLADE. This facilitated the participation of key statistical officers of Latin American & Caribbean Countries and contributed to the success of this capacity-building effort targeted at officials in charge of hydrocarbon data collection at national administrations.
More than 30 delegates from 20 countries took part in the workshop which served not only to build better understanding of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI), but to raise awareness of the importance of data transparency and to strengthen the capacity of statistical bureaus in the region. The over-arching aim of the workshop was to encourage improved submissions from the JODI countries of the region.
Several of the JODI partner organisations sent their experts to present on the merits and technicalities of JODI, highlighting the importance of cooperation in delivering upon Ministers’ calls for global data transparency. The Energy Intelligence Group - a key user of JODI data, participated in the programme remotely from their New York City office. Their perspective provided valuable insight into the expectations of the JODI-Data user community.
The hands-on nature of the workshop’s training sessions gave delegates the opportunity to learn about JODI definitions in more detail, and to better understand the techniques required to perform the data quality assessment necessary to underpin the accurate and timely completion of JODI questionnaires. Delegates expressed particular interest in the experience-sharing elements of the programme.
OLADE will work with its Latin American & Caribbean member countries to follow-up on commitments and action items agreed in Port of Spain with the aim of capitalising on the experience gained during the course of the programme.
For more details on the workshop and to view the presentation materials please visit the event page on the JODI website.